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Chris M
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This may not be the best place to post this, but the latest sgfxi pulled in the latest 13.11 beta driver. Is that a minor miracle?


On Debian Testing. Fully updated - latest Testing kernel and Xorg.

I have been HACKING AWAY at it. Also using the latest sgfxi.

Even after fully updating, I got the same sgfxi installation error message I have received for a week (from the fglrx-install.log):

:: Code ::
Supported adapter detected.

[Error]A previous installation of fglrx driver detected to be installed.
User must uninstall existing fglrx driver
or run install with force option.
Forcing the installation is not recommended.
Output of 'find /lib/modules/3.10-3-amd64 -name "fglrx.ko"
        /lib/modules/3.10-3-amd64/kernel/drivers/char/drm/fglrx.ko


I tried everything to purge remnants of the previously installed driver. Bottom line: I manually deleted "fglrx.ko" and then the ATI folder in /usr/share/

OK. My install of the 13.11 beta driver went through, but I got a drm failure error, and sgfxi indicated that the install might have failed. And it did on reboot (wish I had shut down). I got a blinking screen.

So I ran sgfxi -B -! 6 again, and HACKING AWAY a 2nd time worked. Here is my last sgfxi.log:

:: Code ::
=========================================================
START sgfxi LOGGING:
=========================================================
Script started: 2013-10-11-21:10:37
Video Card Information: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Turks XT [Radeon HD 6670/7670]
Video Card Type: 1002
Video Card Number: 6758
Xorg Version: 1.14
Installing driver to kernel: 3.10-3-amd64
sgfxi script version: 4.20.66
sgfxi start options:  -B -! 6
SYSTEM_BASE: debian
SYSTEM_CODENAME: testing
DISTRIB_CODENAME: debian
DISTRIB_ID: linuxmint
DISTRIB_RELEASE: 1
SIS: linuxmint-debian-64
BITS: 64
FG_DISTRIB_CODENAME: sid
FG_DISTRIB_ID: Debian
APT_TYPE: apt-get
=========================================================
X is Running: false
Current Runlevel: 2
Connection is live (0=true): 0
=========================================================
INSTALL_TO_KERNEL:
KERNEL_FULL: 3.10-3-amd64
KERNEL_BASE: 3
KERNEL_NUMBER: 3.10
KERNEL_MATH: 10
B_IS_XEN: true
Function: create_x_conf - Primary: Start
  xorg is present with xorg.conf file
Function: create_x_conf - Primary: End
Function: check_package_manager_updated - Utility: Start
  sizeWorking: 33
Function: check_package_manager_updated - Utility: End
Function: check_supported_driver - Utility: Start
Function: check_supported_driver - Utility: End
Function: set_cpu_data - Utility: Start
  BITS: 64 - arch: amd64
Function: set_cpu_data - Utility: End
Function: set_driver_install_version - Primary: Start
Function: check_supported_driver - Utility: Start
  Args: last-check
Function: check_supported_driver - Utility: End
Function: print_information_continue - Utility: Start
  Args: info You are using the following options:
 -B - Use Beta Driver (nVidia only. Only if available)
 -! 6 - You are using an advanced Testing option. Only use this if you know what you are doing!

Function: print_information_continue - Utility: End
Function: print_information_continue - Utility: Start
  Args: standard The graphics installer will be installing the fglrx driver: 13.11 (betav1)
This is the latest fglrx Beta driver for your card type.

Function: print_information_continue - Utility: End
  Installing this driver: 13.11 (betav1)
Function: set_driver_install_version - Primary: End
Function: driver_support_tests - Utility: Start
  Args: supported-driver
Function: driver_support_tests - Utility: End
Function: check_kernel_headers - Utility: Start
Function: check_package_status - Utility: Start
  Args: linux-headers-3.10-3-amd64 i
  Package Version: 3.10.11-1
Function: check_package_status - Utility: End
Function: check_package_status - Utility: Start
  Args: linux-headers-3.10-3-amd64 c
  Package Version: 3.10.11-1
Function: check_package_status - Utility: End
  headerName: linux-headers-3.10-3-amd64
headerInstalled: 3.10.11-1
headerAvailable: 3.10.11-1
headerFile:
Function: check_kernel_headers - Utility: End
Function: check_run_package_tools - Primary: Start
Function: check_run_package_tools - Primary: End
Function: set_download_info - Primary: Start
  download url: http://www2.ati.com/drivers/beta/ - driver file: amd-catalyst-13.11-betav1-linux-x86.x86_64
Function: set_download_info - Primary: End
Function: download_extract_driver - Primary: Start
  Args: http://www2.ati.com/drivers/beta/ amd-catalyst-13.11-betav1-linux-x86.x86_64
Function: pre_extract_clean_set_up - Utility: Start
  Args: amd-catalyst-13.11-betav1-linux-x86.x86_64
Function: pre_extract_clean_set_up - Utility: End
Creating directory fglrx-install-13.11
Verifying archive integrity... All good.
Uncompressing AMD Catalyst(TM) Proprietary Driver-13.20.16..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
Function: download_extract_driver - Primary: End
  Function: set_install_directory - set to: /usr/src/sgfxi-downloads/fglrx-install-13.11
Function: run_driver_patches - Primary: Start
Function: run_driver_patches - Primary: End
Function: x_start_stop_master - Primary: Start
  Args: stop
Function: start_stop_x - Utility: Start
  Args: stop
  default runlevel: 2
current runlevel: 2
  dmanCommand: service lightdm stop
Function: x_is_running - Utility: Start
  xIsRunning: false
Function: x_is_running - Utility: End
Function: start_stop_x - Utility: End
Function: x_start_stop_master - Primary: End
Function: check_driver_install_tools - Primary: Start
Function: check_package_status - Utility: Start
  Args: module-assistant i
  Package Version: 0.11.6
Function: check_package_status - Utility: End
Function: check_package_status - Utility: Start
  Args: build-essential i
  Package Version: 11.6
Function: check_package_status - Utility: End
Function: check_package_status - Utility: Start
  Args: debhelper i
  Package Version: 9.20130921
Function: check_package_status - Utility: End
Function: check_package_status - Utility: Start
  Args: dpkg-cross i
  Package Version:
Function: check_package_status - Utility: End
Function: check_package_status - Utility: Start
  Args: libstdc++5 i
  Package Version: 1:3.3.6-25
Function: check_package_status - Utility: End
Function: check_package_status - Utility: Start
  Args: libstdc++6 i
  Package Version: 4.8.1-10
Function: check_package_status - Utility: End
Function: check_package_status - Utility: Start
  Args: unzip i
  Package Version: 6.0-9
Function: check_package_status - Utility: End
Function: check_driver_install_tools - Primary: End
Function: prep_install - Primary: Start
Function: install_package - Utility: Start
  Args: libgl1-mesa-glx reinstall
Function: update_package_manager - Utility: Start
  Args: update
  Update apt-get successful
Function: update_package_manager - Utility: End
Function: check_package_status - Utility: Start
  Args: libgl1-mesa-glx i
  Package Version: 9.1.6-2+b1
Function: check_package_status - Utility: End
  Install command for apt-get: install - Extra args:  --reinstall
Function: install_package - Utility: End
Function: prep_install - Primary: End
Function: preinstall_cleanup - Primary: Start
  Pre Remove: nvidia.ko files:

Function: list_installed_packages - Utility: Start
  Args: nvidia (libkwinnvidiahack|libgl1-nvidia-glx-ia32|libgl1-nvidia-glx:386|modalias|libvdpau|nvidia-bl-dkms|nvidia-cg-toolkit)
  packageList:
Function: list_installed_packages - Utility: End
  Post Purge/Remove: nvidia.ko files:

Function: remove_module - Primary: Start
  Args: nvidia
  operation outcome: unset
Function: remove_module - Primary: End
Function: list_installed_packages - Utility: Start
  Args: fglrx modalias
  packageList:
Function: list_installed_packages - Utility: End
  Using fglrx uninstaller: /usr/share/ati/amd-uninstall.sh force: --force
Function: remove_module - Primary: Start
  Args: fglrx
  operation outcome: unset
Function: remove_module - Primary: End
Function: clean_dkms - Primary: Start
Function: clean_dkms - Primary: End
Function: preinstall_cleanup - Primary: End
Function: run_driver_installer - Primary: Start
  driver: 13.11
  direct fglrx install - no debs: options: 13.11 --install
Function: run_driver_installer - Primary: End
Function: post_installer_steps - Primary: Start
Function: clean_up_fglrx_junk - Utility: Start
Function: clean_up_fglrx_junk - Utility: End
Function: post_installer_steps - Primary: End
Function: update_xorg - Primary: Start
  xorg.conf was backed up to: /etc/X11/xorg.conf-bu-2013-10-11-21:12:17
Function: create_section_device - Utility: Start
Function: create_section_device - Utility: End
Function: create_driver_entry - Utility: Start
Function: create_driver_entry - Utility: End
Function: update_xorgconf_driver_version - Utility: Start
Function: update_xorgconf_driver_version - Utility: End
Function: clear_prep_xorg - Utility: Start
Function: clear_prep_xorg - Utility: End
Function: check_extensions - Utility: Start
Function: create_section_extensions - Utility: Start
Function: create_section_extensions - Utility: End
Function: check_extensions - Utility: End
Function: remove_modelines - Utility: Start
Function: remove_modelines - Utility: End
Function: update_xorg - Primary: End
Function: final_install_steps - Primary: Start
Function: process_xvmc - Utility: Start
Function: process_xvmc - Utility: End
Function: add_module - Primary: Start
  Args: fglrx
libkmod: ERROR ../libkmod/libkmod-config.c:686 kmod_config_parse: /etc/modprobe.d/fbdev-blacklist.conf line 6: ignoring bad line starting with 'fb'
  operation outcome: added
Function: add_module - Primary: End
dpkg: warning: ignoring request to remove fglrx-kernel-src which isn't installed
Function: remove_module - Primary: Start
  Args: radeon
  operation outcome: unset
Function: set_modesetting_off - Primary: End
Function: add_grub_nomodeset_blacklist_item - Utility: Start
  Args: radeon
Function: get_active_grub_files - Utility: Start
  grub files:  /boot/grub/grub.cfg /etc/default/grub
Function: get_active_grub_files - Utility: End
Function: add_grub_nomodeset_blacklist_item - Utility: End
Function: add_modprobe_d_blacklist_item - Utility: Start
  Args: radeon
Function: add_modprobe_d_blacklist_item - Utility: End
Function: set_modesetting_off - Primary: Start
  Args: radeon unset
Function: remove_module - Primary: End
Function: remove_module - Primary: Start
  Args: drm
libkmod: ERROR ../libkmod/libkmod-config.c:686 kmod_config_parse: /etc/modprobe.d/fbdev-blacklist.conf line 6: ignoring bad line starting with 'fb'
FATAL: Module drm is in use.
  operation outcome: failed
Function: remove_module - Primary: End
Function: final_install_steps - Primary: End
Function: x_start_stop_master - Primary: Start
  Args: start
Function: start_x_question - Primary: Start
  Final Step: start-desktop
Function: start_stop_x - Utility: Start
  Args: start
  default runlevel: 2
current runlevel: 2
  dmanCommand: service lightdm start


Don't know, but HACKING AWAY worked. All is good with the 13.11 beta driver.

I'm sorry for not trying to install the latest 13.9 production driver. But I'm not sure it's ready for prime time - AMD still shows 13.4, and I felt like my best shot was with the 13.11 beta.

Edit: I want to add to this that I think my original problem of not being able to install due to a previous installation detection was a result of originally trying to install driver 13.9 last week. A lot was happening. There was a new "production driver", an updated kernel, and an updated Xorg (I think). Anyway, my guess is that there might have been a problem with the driver uninstaller.

Edit 2: I'm just now learning about DRM. Even though I shut down the desktop, I'm assuming DRM remained "on". I might not have had an issue on the first install if I had started in repair/terminal mode. I had been running the xserver-xorg-video-radeon driver due to the initial previous installation detection error. DRM from that may have remained in use for whatever reason.
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techAdmin
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The fact this is lmde is highly suspect. Did you install or run the packaged version of the driver, from apt?

Unless amd has messed up their uninstaller, or changed it somehow, sgfxi runs the fglrx uninstaller first, as part of its pre install cleanup, so the actual question here in terms of sgfxi is why did you use -! 6, first, no override should have been required, unless there's a glitch with sgfxi card detection or kernel support stuff, which is a bug.

Second is why the amd uninstaller failed to uninstall fglrx. Note that if you had the packaged version, it's possible no uninstaller was included, though that's odd.

Other possibilities are that amd changed the uninstaller path/name, which is something they love to do, at total random, for anything, anytime, anywhere.

The most likely option however by my experience is that mint messed up some packaging so if you had used a mint/ubuntu/debian (who knows which mint gives you) package previously for the driver, something might be stuck.

So to try to help, I need actual data:

what driver(s) did you have previously installed, and which kernels.

how did you install them, and what were they if packaged.

It's too late for some of the questions, but it would have been nice to see if the uninstaller was present before you tried installing 13.11, and where it was located, and the output of running it.

You can get some of this information by reinstalling the old driver, I guess, then checking.

Also, why is -! 6 used, that's an override option which in general should only be used short term to override a failed card detection or a failed test for kernel support, so you should have a non random reason why you used that.
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Chris M
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The fact this is lmde is highly suspect. Did you install or run the packaged version of the driver, from apt?

This was a late 2012/Jan 2013 unofficial LMDE XFCE. The maker of SolydXK put this together before going it alone with XFCE and KDE distros (really a fork of LMDE).

I have always used sgfxi. Not sure exactly how the script installs, but Iím assuming apt. I think I actually chose apt over aptitude when installing your script.


Unless amd has messed up their uninstaller, or changed it somehow, sgfxi runs the fglrx uninstaller first, as part of its pre install cleanup, so the actual question here in terms of sgfxi is why did you use -! 6, first, no override should have been required, unless there's a glitch with sgfxi card detection or kernel support stuff, which is a bug.

Yes, I know about the uninstaller and cleanup. Thatís why I was surprised that remnants of the driver were left - leaving me with the "previous installation" error.

I have used the -! 6 for a while now due to getting bounced a few months ago for lack of kernel support: forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?p=733880#p733880

As you know, AMDís support has deteriorated. They are kicking out production drivers every 3-5 months now, and this means they will always be chasing the kernel and Xorg. Keep in mind that I did first try to install 13.9 (and I had this problem at that time last week), but, as indicated, it seems that AMD is not really ready to commit to it. 13.4 still shows at the official production driver.

All of this means that I feel I stuck with maintaining my box with their latest beta driver, and -! 6 is a bet for overriding new kernel and new Xorg issues.

But Iíll start just trying the -B. However, I think I did that after my initial failed installation of 13.9 last Saturday, and after that failed, I reflexively went to -! 6, thinking that might solve it somehow.


Second is why the amd uninstaller failed to uninstall fglrx. Note that if you had the packaged version, it's possible no uninstaller was included, though that's odd.

Canít answer this. Like I said, sgfxi uninstalled the damn thing. What was left was the ATI folder in /usr/share/ and fglrx.ko. I manually removed these, and the installation was possible.


Other possibilities are that amd changed the uninstaller path/name, which is something they love to do, at total random, for anything, anytime, anywhere.

Itís possible. Understand that Iím not blaming the script. We have talked about AMDís paths before.


The most likely option however by my experience is that mint messed up some packaging so if you had used a mint/ubuntu/debian (who knows which mint gives you) package previously for the driver, something might be stuck.

I have been running this for a long time. I have been allowing the package maintainerís file to override everything. There really no Mint left, or so I think. This was a Jan 26 installation. All sources have been pointing to debian repos since that date. I have not had a single update or dist-upgrade problem that Iím aware of. This computer runs like a top. In fact, this is the first real problem I can remember - except that I did have to run sgfxi twice one other time.

Besides this, and an auto login error I made, this has been a very stable OS.

But it does seem that something might be stuck - so you could be dead on.


So to try to help, I need actual data:

what driver(s) did you have previously installed, and which kernels.


Through sgfxi, 13.8 beta (2, I think) last weekend, and Iím pretty sure it was the latest kernel 3.10-3-amd64.

apt history log:

:: Code ::
Start-Date: 2013-10-03  21:38:55
Commandline: apt-get upgrade
Upgrade: apt:amd64 (0.9.9.4, 0.9.11.4), libgnutls-openssl27:amd64 (2.12.23-5, 2.12.23-7), multiarch-support:amd64 (2.17-92+b1, 2.17-93), accountsservice:amd64 (0.6.34-1, 0.6.34-2), libgail18:amd64 (2.24.20-1, 2.24.21-1), xorg:amd64 (7.7+3, 7.7+4), libc6-i686:i386 (2.17-92+b1, 2.17-93), libxfce4ui-1-0:amd64 (4.10.0-3, 4.10.0-4), xserver-xorg-input-all:amd64 (7.7+3, 7.7+4), lightdm-gtk-greeter:amd64 (1.6.0-1, 1.6.1-1), console-setup:amd64 (1.95, 1.100), apt-utils:amd64 (0.9.9.4, 0.9.11.4), console-setup-linux:amd64 (1.95, 1.100), libc-dev-bin:amd64 (2.17-92+b1, 2.17-93), xfce-keyboard-shortcuts:amd64 (4.10.0-3, 4.10.0-4), libxfce4ui-utils:amd64 (4.10.0-3, 4.10.0-4), gtk2-engines-pixbuf:amd64 (2.24.20-1, 2.24.21-1), libc-bin:amd64 (2.17-92+b1, 2.17-93), libc6:amd64 (2.17-92+b1, 2.17-93), libc6:i386 (2.17-92+b1, 2.17-93), gparted:amd64 (0.16.1-1, 0.16.2-1), gnome-shell-common:amd64 (3.4.2-15, 3.4.2-16), debhelper:amd64 (9.20130720, 9.20130921), liblapack3:amd64 (3.4.2+dfsg-1, 3.4.2+dfsg-4), libapt-inst1.5:amd64 (0.9.9.4, 0.9.11.4), libgtk2.0-bin:amd64 (2.24.20-1, 2.24.21-1), libgtk2.0-common:amd64 (2.24.20-1, 2.24.21-1), initramfs-tools:amd64 (0.113, 0.114), libgegl-0.2-0:amd64 (0.2.0-dmo1, 0.2.0-dmo2), libapt-pkg4.12:amd64 (0.9.9.4, 0.9.11.4), libgtk2.0-0:amd64 (2.24.20-1, 2.24.21-1), libgtk2.0-0:i386 (2.24.20-1, 2.24.21-1), liblapack3gf:amd64 (3.4.2+dfsg-1, 3.4.2+dfsg-4), libgnutls26:amd64 (2.12.23-5, 2.12.23-7), libgnutls26:i386 (2.12.23-5, 2.12.23-7), keyboard-configuration:amd64 (1.95, 1.100), xfwm4:amd64 (4.10.1-1, 4.10.1-2), libbluray1:amd64 (0.3.0-dmo2, 0.4.0-dmo1), xserver-xorg:amd64 (7.7+3, 7.7+4), libc6-i386:amd64 (2.17-92+b1, 2.17-93), libpthread-stubs0-dev:amd64 (0.3-3, 0.3-4), init-system-helpers:amd64 (1.8, 1.11), libaccountsservice0:amd64 (0.6.34-1, 0.6.34-2), x11-common:amd64 (7.7+3, 7.7+4), ethtool:amd64 (3.9-1, 3.11-1), locales:amd64 (2.17-92, 2.17-93), synaptic:amd64 (0.80.2, 0.80.4), libc6-dev:amd64 (2.17-92+b1, 2.17-93)
End-Date: 2013-10-03  21:40:41

Start-Date: 2013-10-03  21:41:04
Commandline: apt-get dist-upgrade
Install: libspice-server1:amd64 (0.12.4-0nocelt1, automatic), xserver-xorg-video-qxl:amd64 (0.1.0-2, automatic), libboost-iostreams1.54.0:amd64 (1.54.0-2, automatic), xserver-xorg-video-modesetting:amd64 (0.8.0-1+b1, automatic)
Upgrade: xserver-xorg-video-all:amd64 (7.7+3, 7.7+4), aptitude-common:amd64 (0.6.8.2-1, 0.6.8.2-1.2), aptitude:amd64 (0.6.8.2-1, 0.6.8.2-1.2)
End-Date: 2013-10-03  21:41:14

Start-Date: 2013-10-05  08:55:03
Commandline: apt-get upgrade
Upgrade: libmtdev1:amd64 (1.1.3-1, 1.1.4-1), libblas3gf:amd64 (1.2.20110419-5, 1.2.20110419-7), libblas3:amd64 (1.2.20110419-5, 1.2.20110419-7), libgstreamer-plugins-base1.0-0:amd64 (1.0.10-1, 1.2.0-1), at-spi2-core:amd64 (2.9.5-1, 2.10.0-1), gstreamer1.0-plugins-base:amd64 (1.0.10-1, 1.2.0-1), gstreamer1.0-x:amd64 (1.0.10-1, 1.2.0-1), libjson-glib-1.0-common:amd64 (0.16.0-1, 0.16.2-1), libdca0:amd64 (0.0.5-dmo1, 0.0.5-dmo2), libatspi2.0-0:amd64 (2.9.5-1, 2.10.0-1), libjson-glib-1.0-0:amd64 (0.16.0-1, 0.16.2-1), manpages-dev:amd64 (3.53-1, 3.54-1), manpages:amd64 (3.53-1, 3.54-1), libgstreamer1.0-0:amd64 (1.0.10-1, 1.2.0-1)
End-Date: 2013-10-05  08:55:28

Start-Date: 2013-10-05  09:12:10
Commandline: apt-get dist-upgrade
Install: libhogweed2:amd64 (2.7.1-1, automatic), libgnutls28:amd64 (3.2.4-4, automatic)
Upgrade: wget:amd64 (1.14-2, 1.14-4)
End-Date: 2013-10-05  09:12:16

Start-Date: 2013-10-05  16:46:32
Commandline: apt-get --yes autoremove
Remove: libpthread-stubs0:amd64 (0.3-3)
End-Date: 2013-10-05  16:46:33

Start-Date: 2013-10-06  10:31:37
Commandline: /usr/sbin/synaptic
Reinstall: lightdm:amd64 (1.6.2-1)
End-Date: 2013-10-06  10:31:48

Start-Date: 2013-10-06  11:25:25
Commandline: apt-get upgrade
Upgrade: gir1.2-atk-1.0:amd64 (2.8.0-2, 2.10.0-2), libatk1.0-0:amd64 (2.8.0-2, 2.10.0-2), libatk1.0-0:i386 (2.8.0-2, 2.10.0-2), winbind:amd64 (3.6.18-1, 3.6.19-1), samba:amd64 (3.6.18-1, 3.6.19-1), libatk1.0-data:amd64 (2.8.0-2, 2.10.0-2), libbluetooth3:amd64 (4.101-2+b1, 4.101-3), libbluetooth3:i386 (4.101-2+b1, 4.101-3), bluez-cups:amd64 (4.101-2+b1, 4.101-3), libnss-winbind:amd64 (3.6.18-1, 3.6.19-1), xserver-common:amd64 (1.12.4-6.2, 1.14.3-3), samba-common-bin:amd64 (3.6.18-1, 3.6.19-1), xserver-xephyr:amd64 (1.12.4-6.2+b3, 1.14.3-3), lintian:amd64 (2.5.17, 2.5.19), bluez:amd64 (4.101-2+b1, 4.101-3), smbclient:amd64 (3.6.18-1, 3.6.19-1), libpam-winbind:amd64 (3.6.18-1, 3.6.19-1), libwbclient0:amd64 (3.6.18-1, 3.6.19-1), libatk1.0-dev:amd64 (2.8.0-2, 2.10.0-2), samba-common:amd64 (3.6.18-1, 3.6.19-1), libsmbclient:amd64 (3.6.18-1, 3.6.19-1)
End-Date: 2013-10-06  11:26:04

Start-Date: 2013-10-06  11:26:20
Commandline: apt-get dist-upgrade
Install: libxatracker1:amd64 (9.1.6-2+b1, automatic)
Upgrade: xserver-xorg-video-vmware:amd64 (12.0.2-1+b1, 13.0.1-2), xserver-xorg-video-siliconmotion:amd64 (1.7.6-1, 1.7.7-2), xserver-xorg-video-sisusb:amd64 (0.9.4-3, 0.9.6-2), xserver-xorg-video-savage:amd64 (2.3.4-1, 2.3.7-2), xserver-xorg-input-wacom:amd64 (0.15.0+20120515-2, 0.22.99.1-1+b1), xserver-xorg-video-neomagic:amd64 (1.2.6-1, 1.2.8-1), xserver-xorg-input-synaptics:amd64 (1.7.1-1, 1.7.1-2+b1), xserver-xorg-input-evdev:amd64 (2.8.1-1+b1, 2.8.1-1+b2), virtualbox-guest-dkms:amd64 (4.2.16-dfsg-2, 4.2.16-dfsg-3), xserver-xorg-core:amd64 (1.12.4-6.2+b3, 1.14.3-3), xserver-xorg-input-mouse:amd64 (1.9.0-1, 1.9.0-1+b1), xserver-xorg-video-vesa:amd64 (2.3.3-1, 2.3.3-1+b1), xserver-xorg-video-cirrus:amd64 (1.4.0-2, 1.5.2-1+b1), virtualbox-guest-x11:amd64 (4.2.16-dfsg-2, 4.2.16-dfsg-3+b1), xserver-xorg-video-qxl:amd64 (0.1.0-2, 0.1.0-2.1), xserver-xorg-video-intel:amd64 (2.21.15-1+b1, 2.21.15-1+b2), xserver-xorg-video-ati:amd64 (7.2.0-1+b1, 7.2.0-1+b2), xserver-xorg-video-mach64:amd64 (6.9.1-2, 6.9.4-1+b1), xserver-xorg-video-tdfx:amd64 (1.4.4-1, 1.4.5-1), xserver-xorg-video-fbdev:amd64 (0.4.3-2, 0.4.4-1), xserver-xorg-video-trident:amd64 (1.3.5-1, 1.3.6-2), xserver-xorg-video-openchrome:amd64 (0.2.906-2+deb7u1, 0.3.3-1), xserver-xorg-input-vmmouse:amd64 (13.0.0-1, 13.0.0-1+b1), xserver-xorg-video-radeon:amd64 (7.2.0-1+b1, 7.2.0-1+b2), xserver-xorg-video-modesetting:amd64 (0.8.0-1+b1, 0.8.0-1+b2), xserver-xorg-video-r128:amd64 (6.8.2-1, 6.9.1-1), virtualbox-guest-utils:amd64 (4.2.16-dfsg-2, 4.2.16-dfsg-3+b1), xserver-xorg-video-mga:amd64 (1.5.0-3, 1.6.2-1+b1), xserver-xorg-video-nouveau:amd64 (1.0.9-2+b1, 1.0.9-2+b2)
Remove: xserver-xorg-video-i128:amd64 (1.3.5-1+b1), xserver-xorg-video-tseng:amd64 (1.2.4-3), xserver-xorg-video-s3virge:amd64 (1.10.4-5), xserver-xorg-video-apm:amd64 (1.2.3-3), xserver-xorg-video-ark:amd64 (0.7.5-1), xserver-xorg-video-voodoo:amd64 (1.2.4-2+b3), xserver-xorg-video-chips:amd64 (1.2.4-2), xserver-xorg-video-rendition:amd64 (4.2.4-3), xserver-xorg-video-sis:amd64 (0.10.4-1), xserver-xorg-video-s3:amd64 (0.6.3-5)
End-Date: 2013-10-06  11:27:35

Start-Date: 2013-10-06  23:07:52
Commandline: apt-get install --allow-unauthenticated --no-install-recommends -y --reinstall libgl1-mesa-glx
Reinstall: libgl1-mesa-glx:amd64 (9.1.6-2+b1), libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 (9.1.6-2+b1)
End-Date: 2013-10-06  23:08:01

Start-Date: 2013-10-06  23:09:47
Commandline: apt-get install --allow-unauthenticated --no-install-recommends -y --reinstall libgl1-mesa-glx
Reinstall: libgl1-mesa-glx:amd64 (9.1.6-2+b1), libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 (9.1.6-2+b1)
End-Date: 2013-10-06  23:09:50

Start-Date: 2013-10-06  23:13:18
Commandline: apt-get install --allow-unauthenticated -y --reinstall libgl1-mesa-glx
Reinstall: libgl1-mesa-glx:amd64 (9.1.6-2+b1), libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 (9.1.6-2+b1)
End-Date: 2013-10-06  23:13:21

Start-Date: 2013-10-06  23:16:26
Commandline: apt-get install --allow-unauthenticated -y --reinstall xserver-xorg-core
Reinstall: xserver-xorg-core:amd64 (1.14.3-3)
End-Date: 2013-10-06  23:16:31

Start-Date: 2013-10-06  23:16:34
Commandline: apt-get install --allow-unauthenticated -y --reinstall libgl1-mesa-glx
Reinstall: libgl1-mesa-glx:amd64 (9.1.6-2+b1), libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 (9.1.6-2+b1)
End-Date: 2013-10-06  23:16:37

Start-Date: 2013-10-06  23:16:40
Commandline: apt-get install --allow-unauthenticated -y --reinstall xserver-xorg-video-radeon
Reinstall: xserver-xorg-video-radeon:amd64 (7.2.0-1+b2)
End-Date: 2013-10-06  23:16:43

Start-Date: 2013-10-06  19:21:32
Commandline: apt-get install --allow-unauthenticated --no-install-recommends -y --reinstall libgl1-mesa-glx
Reinstall: libgl1-mesa-glx:amd64 (9.1.6-2+b1), libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 (9.1.6-2+b1)
End-Date: 2013-10-06  19:21:40

Start-Date: 2013-10-06  19:41:06
Commandline: apt-get install --allow-unauthenticated --no-install-recommends -y --reinstall xserver-xorg-core
Reinstall: xserver-xorg-core:amd64 (1.14.3-3)
End-Date: 2013-10-06  19:41:10

Start-Date: 2013-10-06  19:41:21
Commandline: apt-get install --allow-unauthenticated --no-install-recommends -y --reinstall libgl1-mesa-glx
Reinstall: libgl1-mesa-glx:amd64 (9.1.6-2+b1), libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 (9.1.6-2+b1)
End-Date: 2013-10-06  19:41:24

Start-Date: 2013-10-06  19:41:38
Commandline: apt-get install --allow-unauthenticated --no-install-recommends -y --reinstall xserver-xorg-video-ati
Reinstall: xserver-xorg-video-ati:amd64 (7.2.0-1+b2)
End-Date: 2013-10-06  19:41:41

Start-Date: 2013-10-06  19:44:34
Commandline: apt-get install --allow-unauthenticated --no-install-recommends -y --reinstall libgl1-mesa-glx
Reinstall: libgl1-mesa-glx:amd64 (9.1.6-2+b1), libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 (9.1.6-2+b1)
End-Date: 2013-10-06  19:44:38

Start-Date: 2013-10-06  19:56:29
Commandline: apt-get install --allow-unauthenticated --no-install-recommends -y --reinstall xserver-xorg-core
Reinstall: xserver-xorg-core:amd64 (1.14.3-3)
End-Date: 2013-10-06  19:56:32

Start-Date: 2013-10-06  19:56:42
Commandline: apt-get install --allow-unauthenticated --no-install-recommends -y --reinstall libgl1-mesa-glx
Reinstall: libgl1-mesa-glx:amd64 (9.1.6-2+b1), libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 (9.1.6-2+b1)
End-Date: 2013-10-06  19:56:45

Start-Date: 2013-10-06  19:56:59
Commandline: apt-get install --allow-unauthenticated --no-install-recommends -y --reinstall xserver-xorg-video-radeon
Reinstall: xserver-xorg-video-radeon:amd64 (7.2.0-1+b2)
End-Date: 2013-10-06  19:57:02

Start-Date: 2013-10-06  20:00:12
Commandline: apt-get install --allow-unauthenticated -y --reinstall libgl1-mesa-glx
Reinstall: libgl1-mesa-glx:amd64 (9.1.6-2+b1), libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 (9.1.6-2+b1)
End-Date: 2013-10-06  20:00:19

Start-Date: 2013-10-06  20:03:01
Commandline: apt-get install --allow-unauthenticated -y --reinstall xserver-xorg-core
Reinstall: xserver-xorg-core:amd64 (1.14.3-3)
End-Date: 2013-10-06  20:03:03

Start-Date: 2013-10-06  20:03:14
Commandline: apt-get install --allow-unauthenticated -y --reinstall libgl1-mesa-glx
Reinstall: libgl1-mesa-glx:amd64 (9.1.6-2+b1), libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 (9.1.6-2+b1)
End-Date: 2013-10-06  20:03:17

Start-Date: 2013-10-06  20:03:30
Commandline: apt-get install --allow-unauthenticated -y --reinstall xserver-xorg-video-radeon
Reinstall: xserver-xorg-video-radeon:amd64 (7.2.0-1+b2)
End-Date: 2013-10-06  20:03:33

Start-Date: 2013-10-06  20:58:24
Commandline: apt-get install --allow-unauthenticated --no-install-recommends -y --reinstall libgl1-mesa-glx
Reinstall: libgl1-mesa-glx:amd64 (9.1.6-2+b1), libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 (9.1.6-2+b1)
End-Date: 2013-10-06  20:58:27

Start-Date: 2013-10-11  19:59:56
Commandline: apt-get upgrade
Upgrade: libavformat54:amd64 (1.2.3-dmo1, 1.2.4-dmo1), install-info:amd64 (5.1.dfsg.1-5, 5.2.0.dfsg.1-1), rfkill:amd64 (0.4-2, 0.5-1), dpkg:amd64 (1.16.10, 1.16.12), dpkg-dev:amd64 (1.16.10, 1.16.12), diffstat:amd64 (1.55-3, 1.57-1), python-apt:amd64 (0.8.9, 0.8.9.1+b1), grub-common:amd64 (1.99-27+deb7u1, 1.99-27+deb7u2), xserver-xorg-core:amd64 (1.14.3-3, 1.14.3-4), gnupg:amd64 (1.4.14-1, 1.4.15-1), libgd3:amd64 (2.1.0-2, 2.1.0-3), grub2-common:amd64 (1.99-27+deb7u1, 1.99-27+deb7u2), xserver-common:amd64 (1.14.3-3, 1.14.3-4), libswscale2:amd64 (1.2.3-dmo1, 1.2.4-dmo1), libasound2-plugins:amd64 (1.0.27-2, 1.0.27-2+b1), libemail-valid-perl:amd64 (0.190-1, 1.192-1), dialog:amd64 (1.2-20130523-1, 1.2-20130928-1), python3-apt:amd64 (0.8.9, 0.8.9.1+b1), mysql-common:amd64 (5.5.31+dfsg-1, 5.5.33+dfsg-1), libdpkg-perl:amd64 (1.16.10, 1.16.12), xserver-xephyr:amd64 (1.14.3-3, 1.14.3-4), libpostproc52:amd64 (1.2.3-dmo1, 1.2.4-dmo1), libenca0:amd64 (1.14-3, 1.15-1), libmysqlclient18:amd64 (5.5.31+dfsg-1, 5.5.33+dfsg-1), grub-pc-bin:amd64 (1.99-27+deb7u1, 1.99-27+deb7u2), grub-pc:amd64 (1.99-27+deb7u1, 1.99-27+deb7u2), gpgv:amd64 (1.4.14-1, 1.4.15-1), libavcodec54:amd64 (1.2.3-dmo1, 1.2.4-dmo1), info:amd64 (5.1.dfsg.1-5, 5.2.0.dfsg.1-1), python-apt-common:amd64 (0.8.9, 0.8.9.1), libavutil52:amd64 (1.2.3-dmo1, 1.2.4-dmo1), texinfo:amd64 (5.1.dfsg.1-5, 5.2.0.dfsg.1-1)
End-Date: 2013-10-11  20:01:01

Start-Date: 2013-10-11  20:01:15
Commandline: apt-get dist-upgrade
Install: libopencv-core2.4:amd64 (2.4.6.1+dfsg-1, automatic), libopencv-ml2.4:amd64 (2.4.6.1+dfsg-1, automatic), libopencv-photo2.4:amd64 (2.4.6.1+dfsg-1, automatic), libopencv-video2.4:amd64 (2.4.6.1+dfsg-1, automatic), liblog-message-simple-perl:amd64 (0.10-1, automatic), libopencv-legacy2.4:amd64 (2.4.6.1+dfsg-1, automatic), libopencv-features2d2.4:amd64 (2.4.6.1+dfsg-1, automatic), libopencv-objdetect2.4:amd64 (2.4.6.1+dfsg-1, automatic), libopencv-imgproc2.4:amd64 (2.4.6.1+dfsg-1, automatic), libopencv-highgui2.4:amd64 (2.4.6.1+dfsg-1, automatic), libgtkglext1:amd64 (1.2.0-3.1, automatic), libopencv-calib3d2.4:amd64 (2.4.6.1+dfsg-1, automatic), libx264-133:amd64 (0.133.2339+git585324f-2, automatic), libopencv-contrib2.4:amd64 (2.4.6.1+dfsg-1, automatic), libopencv-flann2.4:amd64 (2.4.6.1+dfsg-1, automatic)
Upgrade: python-opencv:amd64 (2.3.1-12, 2.4.6.1+dfsg-1), libterm-ui-perl:amd64 (0.36-1, 0.38-1), gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly:amd64 (0.10.19-2+b2, 0.10.19-2+b3)
End-Date: 2013-10-11  20:01:32

Start-Date: 2013-10-11  20:04:24
Commandline: apt-get install --allow-unauthenticated -y --reinstall libgl1-mesa-glx
Reinstall: libgl1-mesa-glx:amd64 (9.1.6-2+b1), libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 (9.1.6-2+b1)
End-Date: 2013-10-11  20:04:27

Start-Date: 2013-10-11  20:05:14
Commandline: apt-get install --allow-unauthenticated --no-install-recommends -y --reinstall libgl1-mesa-glx
Reinstall: libgl1-mesa-glx:amd64 (9.1.6-2+b1), libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 (9.1.6-2+b1)
End-Date: 2013-10-11  20:05:18

Start-Date: 2013-10-11  20:06:49
Commandline: apt-get install --allow-unauthenticated --no-install-recommends -y --reinstall libgl1-mesa-glx
Reinstall: libgl1-mesa-glx:amd64 (9.1.6-2+b1), libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 (9.1.6-2+b1)
End-Date: 2013-10-11  20:06:52

Start-Date: 2013-10-11  20:17:02
Commandline: apt-get install --reinstall libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 libgl1-mesa-glx:amd64 libgl1-mesa-dri:i386 libgl1-mesa-dri:amd64 xserver-xorg-core
Reinstall: libgl1-mesa-dri:amd64 (9.1.6-2+b1), libgl1-mesa-dri:i386 (9.1.6-2+b1), xserver-xorg-core:amd64 (1.14.3-4), libgl1-mesa-glx:amd64 (9.1.6-2+b1), libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 (9.1.6-2+b1)
End-Date: 2013-10-11  20:17:10

Start-Date: 2013-10-11  20:21:04
Commandline: apt-get install --allow-unauthenticated --no-install-recommends -y --reinstall libgl1-mesa-glx
Reinstall: libgl1-mesa-glx:amd64 (9.1.6-2+b1), libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 (9.1.6-2+b1)
End-Date: 2013-10-11  20:21:12

Start-Date: 2013-10-11  21:06:58
Commandline: apt-get install --allow-unauthenticated --no-install-recommends -y --reinstall libgl1-mesa-glx
Reinstall: libgl1-mesa-glx:amd64 (9.1.6-2+b1), libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 (9.1.6-2+b1)
End-Date: 2013-10-11  21:07:01

Start-Date: 2013-10-11  21:10:51
Commandline: apt-get install --allow-unauthenticated --no-install-recommends -y --reinstall libgl1-mesa-glx
Reinstall: libgl1-mesa-glx:amd64 (9.1.6-2+b1), libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 (9.1.6-2+b1)
End-Date: 2013-10-11  21:11:00

Start-Date: 2013-10-12  09:10:28
Commandline: apt-get upgrade
Upgrade: libnet-domain-tld-perl:amd64 (1.69-1, 1.70-1), libgtk2-perl:amd64 (1.247-2+b1, 1.248-1), libglib-perl:amd64 (1.301-1+b1, 1.302-1), iso-codes:amd64 (3.46-1, 3.47-1), libcairo-perl:amd64 (1.103-2+b1, 1.104-1)
End-Date: 2013-10-12  09:10:42



how did you install them, and what were they if packaged.

The kernel was installed with sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

The driver was installed with sgfxi -B -! 6


It's too late for some of the questions, but it would have been nice to see if the uninstaller was present before you tried installing 13.11, and where it was located, and the output of running it.

Itís too late, but I know sgfxi uninstalled the driver. It was the 2 remnants that were the issue.


You can get some of this information by reinstalling the old driver, I guess, then checking.

With the Xorg updates, I donít think I want to roll the dice. But I could, I guess.


Also, why is -! 6 used, that's an override option which in general should only be used short term to override a failed card detection or a failed test for kernel support, so you should have a non random reason why you used that.

Answered this. But am open to suggestions. What I think Iíll start doing is going -B, and move down the line if thereís a kernel issue.

Thanks
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I can't say for sure, but it sure sounds like amd might have screwed up, hardly a surprise at this point if they did.

However, this is the first issue report I've seen so far, but that doesn't mean much.

But there is a very clear and non trivial and highly visible degradation of amd linux support in fglrx, it's getting worse in my opinion, quickly.

I don't use fglrx myself because amd's bad support has been clear to me for a long time, and I also no longer maintain a test box due to amd insisting on dropping support for every amd/ati card i've ever bought, so I refused to buy more, if they don't want to do real non free support, it's up to them.

it's too early to know if the uninstaller ran properly and failed to remove parts, that would not surprise me, but it's not an issue I've seen myself over the past years, but it's ;possible they are really just starting to drop testing a lot.

They dropped 13.9 because of some bugs but i left it in sgfxi as default because 13.4 is aburdly old at this point, and there was a 3.10 kernel patch for it, but I see very litlte hope for amd linux users.
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In terms of debugging this, first of all, you need to see if your current fglrx has the file(s) installed that were remaining and that blocked the uninstaller from running correctly.

My guess is the new 13.11 fglrx won't have those files. However, the uninstaller that runs is from the old driver, the last one installed successfully, so the question is, which uninstaller from which driver failed to remove those files. In other words, if you are running 13.4 and you then use sgfxi to install 13.9 or 13.11, and the uninstall step failed, then the uninstaller that failed was the 13.4 one. However, partial installs could then have installed the uninstaller from the new driver, in theory, so then it gets confusing if you tried it multiple times.

Debugging this type of thing remotely, ie, without having the system in front of me so I can easily test things, is not easy, to put it mildly, and I can't test it myself because of amd's insistence on dropping support for the amd cards I did buy to test on. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me, so I no longer buy amd video cards if I want to use non free drivers, only when I know I'll be using the free xorg driver only.

I have not received any other bug reports on this issue however, and since it would be an install stopper, I think it should be something I'd heard of.

If nothing more is reported I'll just file this under: yet another lmde/mint issue that was never followed up on, though it appears you did not use the packaged fglrx driver, at least not to your knowledge, which helps, one less variable to handle.
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The original error was:

:: Code ::
Supported adapter detected.

[Error]A previous installation of fglrx driver detected to be installed.
User must uninstall existing fglrx driver
or run install with force option.
Forcing the installation is not recommended.
Output of 'find /lib/modules/3.10-3-amd64 -name "fglrx.ko"
        /lib/modules/3.10-3-amd64/kernel/drivers/char/drm/fglrx.ko


Also, I removed the the ATI folder in /usr/share/ (and I doubt that was the problem).

The ATI folder is back (makes sense), and here's what a search for fglrx.ko gave me:

:: Code ::
/lib/modules/3.10-3-amd64/kernel/drivers/char/drm/fglrx.ko
/var/lib/dkms/fglrx/13.20.16/3.10-3-amd64/x86_64/module/fglrx.ko
/var/lib/dkms/fglrx/13.20.16/build/2.6.x/fglrx.ko


It was originally the 13.8 beta. But I can't remember if it was that uninstaller, or it was the 13.9 driver that failed, and the subsequent install failed after 13.9. I'm pretty sure it was the beta (and thanks for the explanation).

The bottom line is that we're dealing a beta driver and a 13.9 "production" driver that was so buggy that it was pulled.

I have researched this, and, supposedly, AMD is coming out with a new production driver "soon".

When that new driver hits the street, I'll try not to panic, and do it right in painstaking fashion, and then report back.

No problem, and thanks again.
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It definitely sounds like the problem was in the uninstaller either not having run or in missing the removal of that file.

Since the uninstaller is part of the fglrx driver install, that is an odd situation. I believe I'll update the logging in sgfxi a bit more to indicate if the uninstaller was located, and maybe to log which files were removed etc.

I should have probably removed the 13.9 driver due to the bug issues, but the 13.4 is just too old at this point, and has no patches for new kernels, at least none that I'm finding, not that I look much.

I think amd is making it VERY clear that they have slashed the budget of their fglrx driver group, and possibly outsourced some of it, based on the sloppiness and randomness I'm seeing this year.

Keep this in mind next time you spend money on laptops/video cards, unless you are planning to use free xorg radeon drivers only, or intel, give your money to the only company that is currently offering active support for non free linux video drivers, nvidia. Heck, nvidia has even started to provide some basic help to the nouveau project, releasing some information and specs.

Having only one stable driver release since their 13.1 driver, the 13-4, is a very very bad sign.

The error you saw was not an override error for -! 6, those errors always tell you that you can try -! 6, so there's no reason to use that unless sgfxi offered that as a possible solution. If sgfxi does tell you this and if the driver install works, and the driver works fine, then you should let me know, with the output of sgfxi -bxx so I can update the card ids for that card.
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H2, your comments that something seemed wrong outside of the driver, and that something was "stuck" were dead on. Solid instincts.

With the type of error I was consistently getting ...

libkmod: ERROR ../libkmod/libkmod-config.c:686 kmod_config_parse: /etc/modprobe.d/fbdev-blacklist.conf line 6: ignoring bad line starting with 'fb'
FATAL: Module drm is in use.
operation outcome: failed

... I was was coming up with info on the web that suggested a faulty kernel install.

So I used smxi to reinstall the latest debian testing kernel, and then I reinstalled the driver with sgfxi (just sgfxi). Specifically, I reinstalled the 13.09 "production" driver (after a "failed" install of 13.09 that replaced a "failed" install of the 13.11 beta).

All is good, and I think I finally got the monkey off my back. Here's the sgfxi.log:

:: Code ::
=========================================================
START sgfxi LOGGING:
=========================================================
Script started: 2013-10-23-20:18:36
Video Card Information: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Turks XT [Radeon HD 6670/7670]
Video Card Type: 1002
Video Card Number: 6758
Xorg Version: 1.14
Installing driver to kernel: 3.10-3-amd64
sgfxi script version: 4.20.66
sgfxi start options:
SYSTEM_BASE: debian
SYSTEM_CODENAME: testing
DISTRIB_CODENAME: debian
DISTRIB_ID: linuxmint
DISTRIB_RELEASE: 1
SIS: linuxmint-debian-64
BITS: 64
FG_DISTRIB_CODENAME: sid
FG_DISTRIB_ID: Debian
APT_TYPE: apt-get
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X is Running: false
Current Runlevel: 2
Connection is live (0=true): 0
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INSTALL_TO_KERNEL:
KERNEL_FULL: 3.10-3-amd64
KERNEL_BASE: 3
KERNEL_NUMBER: 3.10
KERNEL_MATH: 10
B_IS_XEN: true
Function: create_x_conf - Primary: Start
  xorg is present with xorg.conf file
Function: create_x_conf - Primary: End
Function: check_package_manager_updated - Utility: Start
  sizeWorking: 33
Function: check_package_manager_updated - Utility: End
Function: check_supported_driver - Utility: Start
Function: check_supported_driver - Utility: End
Function: set_cpu_data - Utility: Start
  BITS: 64 - arch: amd64
Function: set_cpu_data - Utility: End
Function: set_driver_install_version - Primary: Start
Function: check_supported_driver - Utility: Start
  Args: last-check
Function: check_supported_driver - Utility: End
Function: print_information_continue - Utility: Start
  Args: standard The graphics installer will be installing the fglrx driver: 13.9
Function: print_information_continue - Utility: End
  Installing this driver: 13.9
Function: set_driver_install_version - Primary: End
Function: driver_support_tests - Utility: Start
  Args: supported-driver
Function: driver_support_tests - Utility: End
Function: check_kernel_headers - Utility: Start
Function: check_package_status - Utility: Start
  Args: linux-headers-3.10-3-amd64 i
  Package Version: 3.10.11-1
Function: check_package_status - Utility: End
Function: check_package_status - Utility: Start
  Args: linux-headers-3.10-3-amd64 c
  Package Version: 3.10.11-1
Function: check_package_status - Utility: End
  headerName: linux-headers-3.10-3-amd64
headerInstalled: 3.10.11-1
headerAvailable: 3.10.11-1
headerFile:
Function: check_kernel_headers - Utility: End
Function: check_run_package_tools - Primary: Start
Function: check_run_package_tools - Primary: End
Function: set_download_info - Primary: Start
  download url: http://www2.ati.com/drivers/linux/ - driver file: amd-catalyst-13.9-linux-x86.x86_64
Function: set_download_info - Primary: End
Function: download_extract_driver - Primary: Start
  Args: http://www2.ati.com/drivers/linux/ amd-catalyst-13.9-linux-x86.x86_64
Function: pre_extract_clean_set_up - Utility: Start
  Args: amd-catalyst-13.9-linux-x86.x86_64
Function: pre_extract_clean_set_up - Utility: End
Creating directory fglrx-install-13.9
Verifying archive integrity... All good.
Uncompressing AMD Catalyst(TM) Proprietary Driver-13.152..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
Function: download_extract_driver - Primary: End
  Function: set_install_directory - set to: /usr/src/sgfxi-downloads/fglrx-install-13.9
Function: run_driver_patches - Primary: Start
Function: apply_patch_file - Utility: Start
  Args: FGLRX_13.9-3.10.patch
  Patch File Dir: /usr/src/sgfxi-downloads/fglrx-install-13.9
  Patch URL: http://smxi.org/sg/patches/FGLRX_13.9-3.10.patch
Function: apply_patch_file - Utility: End
Function: run_driver_patches - Primary: End
Function: x_start_stop_master - Primary: Start
  Args: stop
Function: start_stop_x - Utility: Start
  Args: stop
  default runlevel: 2
current runlevel: 2
  dmanCommand: service lightdm stop
Function: x_is_running - Utility: Start
  xIsRunning: false
Function: x_is_running - Utility: End
Function: start_stop_x - Utility: End
Function: x_start_stop_master - Primary: End
Function: check_driver_install_tools - Primary: Start
Function: check_package_status - Utility: Start
  Args: module-assistant i
  Package Version: 0.11.6
Function: check_package_status - Utility: End
Function: check_package_status - Utility: Start
  Args: build-essential i
  Package Version: 11.6
Function: check_package_status - Utility: End
Function: check_package_status - Utility: Start
  Args: debhelper i
  Package Version: 9.20130921
Function: check_package_status - Utility: End
Function: check_package_status - Utility: Start
  Args: dpkg-cross i
  Package Version:
Function: check_package_status - Utility: End
Function: check_package_status - Utility: Start
  Args: libstdc++5 i
  Package Version: 1:3.3.6-25
Function: check_package_status - Utility: End
Function: check_package_status - Utility: Start
  Args: libstdc++6 i
  Package Version: 4.8.1-10
Function: check_package_status - Utility: End
Function: check_package_status - Utility: Start
  Args: unzip i
  Package Version: 6.0-9
Function: check_package_status - Utility: End
Function: check_driver_install_tools - Primary: End
Function: prep_install - Primary: Start
Function: install_package - Utility: Start
  Args: libgl1-mesa-glx reinstall
Function: update_package_manager - Utility: Start
  Args: update
  Update apt-get successful
Function: update_package_manager - Utility: End
Function: check_package_status - Utility: Start
  Args: libgl1-mesa-glx i
  Package Version: 9.1.7-1
Function: check_package_status - Utility: End
  Install command for apt-get: install - Extra args:  --reinstall
Function: install_package - Utility: End
Function: prep_install - Primary: End
Function: preinstall_cleanup - Primary: Start
  Pre Remove: nvidia.ko files:

Function: list_installed_packages - Utility: Start
  Args: nvidia (libkwinnvidiahack|libgl1-nvidia-glx-ia32|libgl1-nvidia-glx:386|modalias|libvdpau|nvidia-bl-dkms|nvidia-cg-toolkit)
  packageList:
Function: list_installed_packages - Utility: End
  Post Purge/Remove: nvidia.ko files:

Function: remove_module - Primary: Start
  Args: nvidia
  operation outcome: unset
Function: remove_module - Primary: End
Function: list_installed_packages - Utility: Start
  Args: fglrx modalias
  packageList:
Function: list_installed_packages - Utility: End
  Using fglrx uninstaller: /usr/share/ati/amd-uninstall.sh force: --force
Function: remove_module - Primary: Start
  Args: fglrx
  operation outcome: unset
Function: remove_module - Primary: End
Function: clean_dkms - Primary: Start
Function: clean_dkms - Primary: End
Function: preinstall_cleanup - Primary: End
Function: run_driver_installer - Primary: Start
  driver: 13.9
  direct fglrx install - no debs: options: 13.9 --install
Function: run_driver_installer - Primary: End
Function: post_installer_steps - Primary: Start
Function: clean_up_fglrx_junk - Utility: Start
Function: clean_up_fglrx_junk - Utility: End
Function: post_installer_steps - Primary: End
Function: update_xorg - Primary: Start
  xorg.conf was backed up to: /etc/X11/xorg.conf-bu-2013-10-23-20:20:34
Function: create_section_device - Utility: Start
Function: create_section_device - Utility: End
Function: create_driver_entry - Utility: Start
Function: create_driver_entry - Utility: End
Function: update_xorgconf_driver_version - Utility: Start
Function: update_xorgconf_driver_version - Utility: End
Function: clear_prep_xorg - Utility: Start
Function: clear_prep_xorg - Utility: End
Function: check_extensions - Utility: Start
Function: create_section_extensions - Utility: Start
Function: create_section_extensions - Utility: End
Function: check_extensions - Utility: End
Function: remove_modelines - Utility: Start
Function: remove_modelines - Utility: End
Function: update_xorg - Primary: End
Function: final_install_steps - Primary: Start
Function: process_xvmc - Utility: Start
Function: process_xvmc - Utility: End
Function: add_module - Primary: Start
  Args: fglrx
libkmod: ERROR ../libkmod/libkmod-config.c:686 kmod_config_parse: /etc/modprobe.d/fbdev-blacklist.conf line 6: ignoring bad line starting with 'fb'
  operation outcome: added
Function: add_module - Primary: End
dpkg: warning: ignoring request to remove fglrx-kernel-src which isn't installed
Function: remove_module - Primary: Start
  Args: radeon
libkmod: ERROR ../libkmod/libkmod-config.c:686 kmod_config_parse: /etc/modprobe.d/fbdev-blacklist.conf line 6: ignoring bad line starting with 'fb'
  operation outcome: removed
Function: set_modesetting_off - Primary: End
Function: add_grub_nomodeset_blacklist_item - Utility: Start
  Args: radeon
Function: get_active_grub_files - Utility: Start
  grub files:  /boot/grub/grub.cfg /etc/default/grub
Function: get_active_grub_files - Utility: End
Function: add_grub_nomodeset_blacklist_item - Utility: End
Function: add_modprobe_d_blacklist_item - Utility: Start
  Args: radeon
Function: add_modprobe_d_blacklist_item - Utility: End
Function: set_modesetting_off - Primary: Start
  Args: radeon removed
Function: remove_module - Primary: End
Function: remove_module - Primary: Start
  Args: drm
  operation outcome: unset
Function: remove_module - Primary: End
Function: final_install_steps - Primary: End
Function: x_start_stop_master - Primary: Start
  Args: start
Function: start_x_question - Primary: Start
  Final Step: quit


Your Date: 2013-10-15 - version: 8.14.27 script worked great with the kernel and 13.09 driver installation.

From what I gathered on the web, it might have been a corrupted image.

Thanks again.


Edit: I noticed that you added a 13.09 patch - that it's your URL. I don't think that made the difference, but it surely corrected other problems - perhaps general performance problems (if not possible kernel and/or Xorg compatibility issues). Thanks once again.
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techAdmin
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the 13.9 patch was added when the kernel support was added.

sgfxi does a sequence of tests when it starts to determine if your driver/kernel/xorg versions work, and exits if it's not know to work, though it's a gray area sometimes in terms of patching, but I believe I added the 13.9 patch fairly soon after 13.9 was released, and before they pulled their official support for it. Keep in mind 13.9 was pulled because it was super buggy, but 13.4 is too old to support 2.10 kernel and I don't want to search out possible patches for that one.

You could have had a corrupted something, sure, that happens, in fact, in sidux, one thing the distro was very adamant about was that people burned their isos at slow speed using burn at once, dao if I remember right, specifically because cd blanks burned fast can and do corrupt the data, which then leads to an install that is randomly corrupted and almost impossible for support people to figure out why the issue exists.

I've never seen a corrupted apt package, ie, something installed via apt, though certain types of internet connections and glitches could possibly lead to such corruptions, again, being totally random, also totally non debugable since it's not an actual problem with the code or package.

Anyway, usually when something has been used by enough people that a straight out failure would mean sgfxi simply will install a non working driver for them, I will hear about that, fairly soon, but in this case, there was only your report, which seemed inconclusive at best re specific causes. I did learn a thing or two back then doing sidux support for as long as I did, I guess.
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Chris M
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Joined: 11 Aug 2013
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Have you had anyone report similar problems with 13.10 Ubuntu?

I have the exact same card installed on another box where I just installed Xubuntu 13.10. Out of the box, I used the buntu program that installs Additional Drivers. No problem. But then I pushed it, and ran sgfxi, and got the same "previous ATI driver" installation error. It wasn't exactly the same. It simply said:

Supported adapter detected.

[Error]A previous installation of fglrx driver detected to be installed.
User must uninstall existing fglrx driver
or run install with force option.
Forcing the installation is not recommended.


I did a sudo apt-get remove --purge fglrx fglrx-amdcccle and a sudo apt-get remove --purge fglrx-updates fglrx-amdcccle-updates for good measure, and I got back to the default radeon driver. Then I ran sgfxi again, and got a radeon removal failure.

So I did a format and reinstall. I did not attempt to install any AMD driver. I wanted a "virgin" install. Then I ran sgfxi, but got the same radeon removal failure.

I'm sorry I did not take official notes. I was pressed for time on my son's box that shares Windows 7. I did it last night, and didn't expect to have any problems.

This is not a request for action. But it was surprising to see uninstalls of drivers in Xubuntu 13.10 show the same type of error/failure.

I quickly installed Xubuntu again, and vowed to leave it alone. But I'm tempted to manually uninstall the radeon driver first, and then run sgfxi.

I'm also tempted to sell my AMD cards on e-bay, and buy like-kind nVidia cards. It's a near certainty for the 1st box with debian testing.
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